Apr 23

A Woman Reclaimed and Restored by her Savior

Today as I read my friend, Suzie Eller’s words in today’s Proverbs 31 Devotion, I could hardly believe they were about me.

Hi! Welcome to my blog…well I’m calling it a blog. As you can see, I haven’t blogged in a while. But oh, how I’ve missed writing on my own blog and so I’m so happy to be visiting with you today.

If you have popped over here from Encouragement For Today (the Proverbs 31 Daily Devotions), welcome! And if you are an old friend, who used to frequent my blog, welcome back!

I was a victim of sexual abuse. I use “was” because today I am no longer a victim, but a victor. That road hasn’t been easy, but because of our mighty, wonderful, caring, loving, and healing Lord, I can say that today.

In the devotion today, Suzie Eller talks about God’s forgiveness of sins. Read the key verse she references~

“He gave his life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us his very own people, totally committed to doing good deeds.”  Titus 2:14  NLT

When I first read this verse, my thought was selfish. This verse is great for when I sin, and I accept God’s freedom in forgiveness, but what about for my abuser…that man who sinned and took me as his captive?  But then…read on.

Suzie writes~

We often give thanks for His sacrifice that removed the debt of our sin. But there is more. Jesus took our sins, but that same act freed us from the effect of others’ sins upon our hearts and lives. ~ Suzie Eller

Not only am I free from my own sins through the power of Jesus Christ, but I can also find freedom from the sins of others who affected me also.

HELLO!!!! Can I hear a praise God and hallelujah about that!!!

My favorite line from today’s devotion by Suzie is this one~

If you were to ask Melissa who she is, would say she doesn’t see herself as a woman marked by a thief, but a woman reclaimed and restored by her Savior. ~ Suzie Eller

And she’s right. It hasn’t been the easiest road, but I’m here to tell about it. There is an unmatched power through Jesus that we cannot find anywhere else. How about you?  I bet you’ve had trials in your life. Maybe some that even affect you still today. Are you marked by a thief who stole from you or are you reclaimed and restored by your Savior?

Today, why don’t we take a step forward towards healing. There is freedom on the other side and we are not meant to live as victims, not with Jesus in our lives we aren’t.

Our Turn For Action:

Pray today’s key verse today. Pray if for yourself and pray it for anyone who has sinned against you. (I know you might not feel like doing that, I get that completely, but just do it ;)  Then give thanks for the sacrifice Jesus made that removes the debt of our sin and frees us from the effect of other’s sins upon us. 

I’m a woman reclaimed and restored by y Savior. How about you?

***Thank you Suzie Eller for sharing my story in your new book, The Mended Heart: God’s Healing for Your Broken Places.

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Melissa
Dec 3

Welcome to My New Blog Home!

Welcome Y’all!  Isn’t my new blog just so lovely?  I’m really proud of it. There were some very talented ladies who worked hard make it pretty and useful. Rebecca and Mandy, thank you so much on a job super well done! I couldn’t be more happy with it!

For anyone who might be visiting me for the first time ever or the first time in a while, welcome…or welcome back! Between 2011-2013 my blog kind of transformed from a regular blog where I shared what was on my heart to a full time online Bible study hub where thousands of women from all over the world gathered to do Bible study together. While the Bible study is still going strong, it has moved. I received one of the best blessings ever, when I became the director of Online Bible Studies at Proverbs 31 Ministries. When that happened the Bible study moved from here to there.  So now, anyone interested can join a free online Bible study over on the Proverbs 31 OBS blog or you can just hang out with me here and join me in talking about life and stuff…or you can do both!

What you need to know about me~ well not really need to to…but I’m going to tell you anyway~

I love Jesus and that will never change. My life isn’t glamorous or neat & tidy. In fact, it’s messy. I have issues. There are things that really get on my nerves. It seems like there is usually a circumstance I’m going through that is out of my control and challenges my trust of God. But I choose to trust Him and that’s what gets me through. And He keeps on loving me despite me! Thank you Lord!

I love my family. I’ve been married to Jeff for 23 years and we have 4 children. Blake, 20, is a sophomore at Appalachian State University. Hayden, 18, is a senior in high school. Dylan, 16, is a sophomore in high school. Hayley Grace, 12, is in the 7th grade. Maggie and Princess (both are 9) are the cutest doggies you ever did see. We are an imperfect bunch who strive to live together in harmony and I think we do that well. We tackle the world together, but we also have a lot of fun together too. Best of all, we pray for each other. I can always count on prayer from them. Pictured below: Hayden, Dylan holding Maggie, Jeff, Blake holding Princess, me, and Hayley Grace

Taylor Family w dogs Blake's graduation

I love people. I love hanging out with people…in person and online. I love connecting with friends on my blog, in online Bible study, on Twitter  (@MelissaRTaylor) and on Instagram (MelissaRTaylor) . Unlike many, I do believe that meaningful friendships can be made online. I have many really good friends that I have never met in person. There is no criteria to be my friend…except that you are nice to me :)

I love life! Life in general intrigues me. People, places, animals, things, music…I can find joy in the littlest things.

I love college football. South Carolina Gamecocks & Appalachian State Mountaineers. That will never change either. :)  See below, my husband Jeff, great friend Amy, and me getting ready to watch our Gamecocks play…and win!

Gamecock Football Blog 2013

I love Walt Disney World. As you can see, Goofy and I are great friends.

Walt Disney World Love 2013 Goofy

I don’t love getting out of bed in the morning, but once I’m up, I’m good.

I like to watch TV and some of the shows you might not approve of. They aren’t rated R or anything like that, but some might think I’m filling my brain with useless material. I don’t take it seriously though. TV helps me unwind and just chill when I’ve been going non stop all day.

I get to work with some of the most amazing ladies God ever created at Proverbs 31 Ministries & P31 OBS. Seriously, my job isn’t like a job at all. It’s like a passion, hobby, and calling all wrapped into one. I love being the Online Bible Studies Director, I love the OBS team, and I have to limit the time I spend working so I can balance my life in a healthy way. I love my job that much. Pictured below, some of our awesome P31 OBS ladies on the Girls’ Getaway Cruise last October.

OBS Team Cruise

I need to lose weight. Not so I’ll look good, but because I’m not at a healthy weight for me right now. You’ll hear more about this I’m sure. #struggle #ugh #haha

I believe there is hope in any and every situation. I believe there is hope for every person. I believe we are all worth fighting for.

 

And I also believe I’ve written enough for my first blog post in such a long time.

Whether you are here for the first time or we are old friends, thank you so much for visiting my blog home today. Let’s try to get together a few times a week and just chat about life and stuff. You can sign up to receive my blog in the top right hand column, that way you won’t need to remember to visit. But I want you to know, you are always welcome and invited here. It’s my prayer you can feel that.

I’ve told you a lot about me, now tell me about you. In the comment section, please share some things about yourself. I love to read notes from my bloggy friends and hear what’s going on in your life too!

Happy Day! Thanks again for stopping by :)

Melissa
Aug 4

Permission to Say Yes

Hey Y’all!

Happy Sunday morning to you!  (or possibly Sunday night…Monday morning…depending on where you are!)

I just got out of church~ fabulous message from Pastor Steven Furtick at Elevation Church. Our current series is titled Permission Slip.

This is Your Permission Slip

A few notes I want to share:

“God, what do you want to say to me today?”

How long will you live in the past…stuck?

How long will you allow the imagination of what might have been go rob you of what is to come?

You have permission to bury a dream you’ve had SO THAT God’s dream in your life can happen.

Wisdom from failure. Move forward in faith.

Just because a dream dies doesn’t mean your hope has to.

No magic, quick fix. It’s a process.

You can have the promises of God (His Word is full of them) but you also have to pursue them. Otherwise they remain words on paper when they are indeed meant to be alive and active. God’s promises are your permission, but you have to pursue…move forward…believe and act.

When the enemy has stolen from you, draw your sword (Word of God) and fight back.

In most highly successful people, their greatest victory came exactly one step beyond their greatest defeat had taken over them.

Don’t quit.

When what you’ve done has brought pain and shame to you and those around you, what do you do?   Change your clothes.

What you did does not change who God is.

“I wish I hadn’t done those things, but I can’t stay sorry and in a pit of regret and shame forever.”

I believe the grace of God covers me. Because of this I can and will move on.

His robe of righteousness covers me…I’m changing clothes. Trading in my rags for his robe of righteousness.

What you did isn’t greater than who Christ is.

It’s time to go forward in the name of the Lord.

This is your permission to move forward.

God wants to fill you with fresh hope today.

 

Those are all the notes I took in church today! The message really spoke to me and I thought someone else might need to hear it too. If you’d like to listen to this message, visit Elevation Church online for information on this message and other powerful sermons too. (this particular message will be available in a few days on the Elevation site)

Just Say Yes

Anyone here saying “Yes to God?”  The latest Proverbs 31 Online Bible Study begins TODAY and it’s not too late to join. Check out our first post for the #YesToGod study here.   I’m leading this study along with my beautiful friend Nicki Koziarz. We’d love for everyone to join us!  We believe that these Online studies are backed by the power of God. We have almost 23,000 ladies from 120 countries around the world participating. Consider yourself invited. The study takes place on the Proverbs 31 website.

Thanks for stopping by! I’ll be redecorating soon so stay tuned as changes to this site begin to take place!

Have a wonderful day!

Love to You <3

Melissa